Written by Barbara Eubanks
From any viewpoint, one would stand in awe of majestic Lake Guntersville, but just imagine it being the vista from your dream home on a glorious mountaintop or the breath-taking shoreline. Envision strolling down to a dock to take your boat out for a late afternoon ride or for a fishing trip. Visualize sitting around a spacious clubhouse talking with neighbors, going for your morning workout in a perfectly-appointed fitness center, or for a lazy afternoon swim in an infinity pool, or perhaps challenging new friends to a tennis match. The Reserve at Lake Guntersville provides these opportunities and much more.
When many thought all the choice spots around Lake Guntersville had been taken, the visionary developer and entrepreneur Patrick Lawler proved them wrong. He began the project just prior to 2016, and Phase Two is still under construction. This development is sure to draw people to Guntersville, Alabama from all over the United States, from all age groups, and from all walks of life.
The Reserve at Lake Guntersville is located two miles west of Hwy. 431, on Sunny Brook Farm Road, just 35 miles south of Huntsville. While it’s merely a stone’s skip from several major metropolitan areas, the Reserve maintains the small-town, southern charm of Guntersville. With 300 acres of natural beauty, this multi-phase residential development offers top-of-the-line amenities including a wheelchair-accessible clubhouse with grand fireplace and hearth; meeting room; multiple TVs; a fully-equipped fitness center with lake views; as well as a spacious patio and pool. All this is in addition to a children’s playground, tennis and basketball courts, spring-fed water fall and pond, waterfront boardwalk, outdoor fireplaces and community boat docks.
The clubhouse is perfect for gathering – for the big game on TV or game night by the fire, a family reunion by the pool, or having the kids or grandkids and their friends for tennis or basketball – all in a picturesque, lakeside-resort setting.
The development’s initial phase sold out quickly. The second phase has properties available, as new amenities are added for residents. The lots in Phase Two average a half acre, and sales have been brisk. Reserve property owners will have the option, on a first-come first-served basis, to purchase one of 36 wet slips in one of two community boathouses.
Patrick Lawler, Developer
Patrick Lawler, a Guntersville native and Guntersville High School graduate, is the president of PLAWLERENTERPRISES LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Although Lawler and his family moved to Texas in 1984, he still maintains residences in both Texas and Guntersville. Lawler proclaims his family and work are his hobbies. He is married to Kim (nee Gilbert) and has one son Ryan. He believes in giving back to community and to charitable programs which principally focus on underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. He gives credit to his stepfather, Jake Hammonds, for instilling in him the afore-mentioned qualities which have spurred on his success in life and business.
Perhaps it is Lawler’s ties with and knowledge of the Guntersville area, his entrepreneurial spirit, or his ability to see what others may not, which motivated him to see promise in this project – The Reserve at Lake Guntersville.
Lawler explained, “When I had the opportunity to purchase this 300-plus acre tract of property, with over a half mile of waterfront on the main channel, to say I was excited would be an understatement. With proximity to Huntsville, Madison and surrounding areas, I was confident that the market was there to develop a unique residential community for those families wanting to fully enjoy all of what lake life has to offer. My goal from the very beginning has always been to develop The Reserve into what will be considered as the nicest and most unique waterfront development in North Alabama.”